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Texans sue Attorney General Ken Paxton, accuse him of violating First Amendment for blocking them on Twitter

A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled in 2019 that Trump violated the First Amendment for blocking his Twitter followers, because he used his Twitter account to conduct official business and interact with the public.

  Ashby’s broadband bill passes House in unanimous prelim vote

  WATCH: Rep. White presents ballot paper trail bill to committee

Rep. Schaefer bill closes loophole on some late-term abortions

  Rep. Ashby, speaker promote health legislation on eve of broadband bill presentation

Democrat Collier running again for Texas lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Patrick has a stern message for people who label election bill as ‘suppressive’

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Gov. Abbott issues order prohibiting government mandated vaccine passports

Rep. Ronny Jackson visits U.S.-Mexico border amid migrant crisis

Governor Abbott hosts small business roundtable to discuss COVID-19 liability legislation

Lawyer Lee Merritt says he’ll run for Texas attorney general

After House stalls on readjusting electricity prices, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urges Gov. Greg Abbott to use emergency powers

  New legislation targets Nacogdoches County election concerns

  WATCH: Rep. Ashby introduces broadband bill to committee

State Rep. Trent Ashby introduced his broadband bill to the House Committee on State Affairs on Thursday.

Sen. Hughes says bills on ERCOT, social media, fetal heartbeat have bipartisan support

Hughes said he remains optimistic regarding the continued advancement of multiple bills which address issues such as ERCOT's electricity pricing, abortion and claims of social media censorship.

Governor reappoints Longview woman officer of NETRMA

The Regional Mobility Authority is a political subdivision created to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects in 14 counties in northeast Texas.

  Texas legislature bills would prohibit using taxpayer money for lobbying

Wood County judge Lucy Hebron talks about two Texas legislature bills that would make using taxpayer money illegal for lobbying and restrict small towns from using associations to lobby for them.

WATCH: House committee hears testimony on Schaefer plumbing bill

Texas’ last Public Utility Commission member resigns at Gov. Greg Abbott’s request

  Sen. Hughes ‘fetal heartbeat’ anti-abortion bill passes committee

Governor Abbott to hold press conference on unaccompanied minor crisis

  State Sen. Hughes bill on ERCOT pricing flies through senate approval

Texas Senate committee discusses Sen. Hughes’ ‘fetal heartbeat’ anti-abortion bill

Texas Senate scrambles to advance bill that would force ERCOT to reprice energy charges from winter storm

Senate Bill 2142, sponsored by state Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, had not even been filed when the day started Monday, but lawmakers suspended their rules to hastily push it through a Senate committee.

State Sen. Hughes’ social media regulation bill advances to full senate vote

The social media regulation bill sponsored by Sen. Bryan Hughes and endorsed in Tyler by Gov. Greg Abbott will makes its way to the state senate for a full vote.

  Gov. Abbott calls for more poll transparency, laws to prevent voter fraud

Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference in Houston today discussing legislation he said is meant to protect election integrity in Texas.

Matthew McConaughey considering running for governor of Texas

Matthew McConaughey said he’s considering running for governor of Texas.

  Rep. Hefner’s bill on armed school security immunity moves to committee

A bill sponsored by East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner has moved to committee in Austin.

  Rep. White’s ballot paper trail bill advances to elections committee

A bill requiring electronic voting machines to produce a traceable paper ballot has moved forward to its committee assignment.

Hughes’ bill enhancing baby drop-off safety advances to HHS committee

A bill intended to increase safety precautions when mothers give up their newborns has advanced in the legislative process.

Hughes bill limiting sex offenders access to schools, playgrounds, advances in Senate

A state bill limiting where sex offenders can live advanced to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice on Tuesday.

Rep. Schaefer’s bill to cut red tape in plumbing gets committee assignment

Dist. 6 Rep. Matt Schaefer’s bill aiming to eliminate some red tape surrounding the acquisition of a plumbing license has some forward movement.

Texas reopens businesses to 100% capacity, lifts mask mandate Wednesday

The state of Texas is officially reopening Wednesday, which includes lifting its COVID-19 mask mandate.

  Cole Hefner authors HB 2713 which would protect historical monuments

Dist. 5 Rep. Cole Hefner joined Kayla Lyons on East Texas Now Tuesday to discuss a bill he’s authored in Austin.

Rep. Arrington reintroduces Ports-to-Plains highway legislation

An ambitious interstate highway that would stretch from the Rio Grande Valley up to the Panhandle and through the Heartland of America is once again “on the map” for this congressional session.

  Rep. Cole Hefner authors HB 2727 relating to voluntary, informed consent to abortion

It would create a criminal penalty for anyone forcing a mother to have an abortion, Hefner said.

  State Rep. White files bill to upgrade 911 service

District 19 Republican James White said House Bill 2911 aims to have next generation technology for landline and wireless systems for 9-1-1 services.

  Gov. Abbott visits Tyler to stump for social media bill; ‘Conservative speech will not be canceled’

Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference with Senator Bryan Hughes on Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), the Senator’s social media legislation.

  Rep. White says term limit resolution aimed at ending ‘careerism’ for politicians

Texas House Rep. James White joined East Texas Now’s Kayla Lyons to discuss current Texas legislation concerning term limits for the US Congress.

Three of Gov. Greg Abbott’s four coronavirus medical advisers say they weren’t directly consulted before he lifted mask mandate

One adviser said he thinks it’s too soon for the state to stop requiring masks in public.

U.S. House Oversight Committee investigating operator of Texas’ power grid

The storm, which killed dozens around the state, is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in Texas’ history, even costlier than Hurricane Harvey, which inflicted $125 billion in damage. It is still too early to tally the total cost of the destruction.

  Rep. Schaefer says removal of mask mandate ‘step in the right direction’

East Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer joined us on East Texas Now Wednesday to discuss the end of the governor’s mask mandate, as well as whether he plans to run against Abbott in the future.

ABC’s Rick Klein speaks on military strikes, Dems’ political maneuvering

ABC’s Political Director Rick Klein spoke with East Texas Now’s Jeremy G. Butler about a variety of topics ranging from Middle East airstrikes to Democrats' efforts to pass legislation.

Rep. Jackson responds to DODIG reports

Rep. Ronny Jackson gives statement in response to allegations in DODIG reports.

Pentagon review says U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson made sexual comments, violated alcohol policy while White House physician, CNN reports

The findings in the report stem from a yearslong investigation into Jackson, who was nominated in 2018 by former President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Public Utility Commission chair resigns after Texas officials criticize management of power outages

The PUC is charged with overseeing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, a nonprofit entity that manages and operates the electricity grid that covers much of the state.

  Rep. Schaefer believes governor would have ‘hard time’ vetoing mask legislation

HB2097 and HB2098 are specifically aimed at the mask mandate enacted in Texas.

  Rep. Cole Hefner authors bill giving school security personnel liability protection

On Friday, East Texas Rep. Cole Hefner joined East Texas Now and expanded upon a bill he introduced in Austin on Feb. 10.

  Rep. Ashby files bill to require flooding history consideration for disposal sites

District 57 State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, has filed a bill that would require the Texas Railroad Commission to look at the history of flooding in the past 10 years when it considers granting a permit to build a pit for the disposal of commercial oil and gas.

TX Senator Drew Springer proposes ERCOT bill

Tx Senator Springer proposes ERCOT bill

  Senator Nichols, Rep. Clardy on ERCOT power grid failure

Deep East Texas law makers agree fixing ERCOT and the mechanisms that makes it operate are needed.

  ERCOT CEO stands by winter storm power outages, says grid could have collapsed without them

In a hearing today, the Texas legislature heard from ERCOT about the mass power outages caused by last week’s winter storm.

Gov. Greg Abbott weighing end to mask order, other statewide coronavirus rules, says announcement coming “pretty soon”

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Texas is looking at when it will be able to lift all statewide orders related to the coronavirus pandemic and that an announcement is forthcoming.

Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wants to force power plants to winterize after nearly half of the state’s generation capacity was knocked offline by subfreezing temperatures.

Abbott sets May 1 special ballot to replace late congressman

Abbott sets May 1 special ballot to replace late congressma

Texas Legislature to hold hearings on statewide blackouts, industry response

Both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives will hold hearings Thursday examining extreme weather condition preparedness and circumstances that led to the power outages directed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Gov. Abbott addresses state regarding power, water loss during storm

Here are Gov. Abbott's full remarks regarding ERCOT, and the state of Texas following power, water and loss of life last week.

  East Texas Rep. Hefner proposes bill allowing guns in hotel rooms

Rep. Cole Hefner has proposed a bill to make it legal for permitted gun owners to take their weapons into hotels.

Rep. Matt Schaefer introduces bill to override governor’s mask mandate order, requires statute

Schaefer says that it’s against the Texas constitution for the governor to write an order and also enforce it. He says that takes away the checks and balances needed in the state’s legislative branch.

Republican David Spiller wins rural Texas House seat, replacing Drew Springer

Republican David Spiller has won the special election runoff to represent a swath of West Texas and the Panhandle in the Texas House. He will replace Drew Springer, R- Muenster, who was elected to the state Senate in December.

Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm

Sally Talberg, board chair; Peter Cramton, vice chair; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chair; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chair, will resign at the end of the ERCOT board meeting Wednesday morning, according to the notice.

  Rep. Clardy seeks accountability for statewide power outages

State Representative Travis Clardy knows there are many Texans wanting to hold someone accountable for the massive power outages across the state.

  Lt. Gov. Patrick says investigation into power grid failure will begin this week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in Houston Monday about the problems faced by the Texas power grid following last week’s winter storms.

Texas officials block electricity providers from sending bills, disconnecting utilities for nonpayment

Gov. Greg Abbott said he and other state leaders are working fast to find solutions for homeowners and renters facing steep electricity bills after a winter storm left many Texans without power for days.

State Sen. Hughes: ‘It could be a matter of days’ before power is restored statewide

State Sen. Bryan Hughes said ERCOT has told legislators that it “could be a matter of days” before power is restored statewide, under a worst-case scenario.

Gov. Abbott declares ERCOT reform an emergency item

Governor Greg Abbott today declared the reform of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) an emergency item this legislative session.

Gov. Abbott says massive outages due to private power companies ‘falling short’

Gov. Abbott has addressed the massive power outages that have been plaguing millions of Texans since a winter storm descended upon the state.

Gov. Abbott sends additional resources to local officials across state

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas is deploying maximum resources to local officials throughout the state to respond to severe winter weather and to restore power to communities.

Cornyn, Cruz join GOP colleagues in successful acquittal of Trump

Texas’ two Republican senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, joined with most of their GOP colleagues on Saturday to successfully acquit former President Donald Trump of an impeachment charge that accused him of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

  State Rep. White crafts bill requiring paper trail for all electronic voting machines

Rep. James White (R-Woodville) is crafting a bill in the Texas House that would require electronic voting machines to produce a traceable paper ballot alongside the electronic vote tally.

Gov. Abbott holds small business roundtable in Dallas

Small business owners met with Gov. Greg Abbott today to discuss how to further foster and support growth in Texas.

Gov. Abbott meets with DPS director to discuss border security

Governor Greg Abbott today met with Colonel Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), to discuss safety and security along the Texas border. A readout of the meeting can be found below:

State Sen. Bryan Hughes wants to protect school districts that train teachers and staff to use guns

Texas SB 534 grants immunity for reasonable action taken by security personnel on campus

  State Rep. Matt Schaefer says he hopes HB 1650 will eliminate red tape associated with plumbing industry

Dist. 6 State Rep. Matt Schaefer has authored a bill that is designed to eliminate some of the red tape associated with a person getting a plumbing license in the state of Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott positions Texas as a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary state’

In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Greg Abbott said, “Texas must be a Second Amendment sanctuary state.”

Governor Abbott, TDHCA Announce Statewide COVID-19 Rental Relief Program

The COVID-19 Rental Relief Program program Gov. Abbott announced today has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill.

Texas GOP Rep. Wright, who battled health issues, dies at 67

Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott announces departure of communications director

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that his communications director, John Wittman, will be departing the Office of the Governor at the end of February.

Rep. Ronny Jackson named Co-Chair of the Texas Agriculture Task Force

Congressman Ronny Jackson has been named Co-Chair of the Texas Agriculture Task Force.

  WATCH: State Rep. James White’s proposed HB 1553 would evaluate veterans courts

Texas House Bill 1553 is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of veterans’ treatment court programs in the state.

  Rep. White files bill to allow volunteer emergency personnel to carry handguns

State Rep. James White has filed a bill meant to allow certain first responders to be able to carry handguns.